Young family: Gina and Dan with baby Brock and older son Lachie. Photo: Malcolm Pullman

Moving north for a new deal

Glenys Christian Northland Share Farmers of the Year Dan and Gina Duncan are in their second season on a 1020-cow 50:50 sharemilking job in Pouto, for the Pouto Topu A Trust. After contract milking for three seasons in the Waikato they felt they needed to take the next step and secure a sharemilking position. “We were looking for something with scale, at least 600 cows, …

There are many pros attached to winter milking.

Split calving: Making the switch

Waikato dairy farmers Paul and Donna Davies spotted the opportunities of winter milking a decade ago. The couple have been split-calving ever since, but this year have moved to 100% autumn calving with the help of their contract milker Sam Clarke. Sheryl Brown reports. Cows can get lost in a split-calving system and it’s easy for farmers to carry empty …

Equity Partners Richard Wright and Tony Coltman tracking progress of the new effluent pond.

Power of the partnership

A pioneering Canterbury dairy equity partnership has gone from strength to strength. Anne Lee reports. Twenty years after its conversion Canlac Holdings is still a model for what can be achieved on an irrigated Canterbury dairy farm in terms of profit, business growth and progression. It’s one of the country’s longest-running and most-successful equity partnerships with enduring relationships and innovative …

Truck spreading fertiliser. No shortage of phosphate but nitrogen fertilisers likely to rise in price.

Smarter fert on the way

In the first of a series on future influences affecting agriculture in the short, medium and long-term, NZ Dairy Exporter writers look at what is in store for the fertiliser use on farms. Lynda Gray reports. Smarter fertilisers will be developed but exactly what form they will take is still a bit of an unknown, Ravensdown innovation and strategy general manager …

‘We do well on Fonterra’s capacity adjustment charge because we produce a lot of milk in the shoulders of the season,’ Logan Hewlett says. Photos: Malcolm Pullman

Split calving: Longer milking, efficient feeding

After running a split-calving system for 20 years the Hewlett family moved to an extended lactation system. Glenys Christian reports. Northland dairy farmer, Graeme Hewlett, often talked about how an English exchange student once mentioned 500-day milking to him. But it wasn’t until his son, Logan, came home to share milk on their Mata farm that the idea turned into …

Tom Mason and farm manager Fraser Campbell – the travel offer aims to attract more “Frasers” to the business.

Joint approach to staffing

Former Nuffield scholars in New Zealand and the United Kingdom have teamed up to provide young people overseas experience opportunities. Anne Lee  reports. It’s a dream opportunity – a guaranteed job in the United Kingdom with a cash grant to get you there and then the offer of a job back home when you’ve seen some of the world. Canterbury …